Archive for September, 2012

Ex-minister slams Iraq PM for tolerating graft

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on February 14, 2012. It can be found in full here. LONDON (AFP) — The first minister to quit Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki‘s unity government criticized the prime minister for turning a blind eye to worsening corruption among his loyalists, in an interview with [...]

Iraq Violence – Opening Up

One of the most opaque issues that we cover here in Baghdad is violence — officials are reticent to be quoted on the record, journalists are frequently restricted from accessing the sites of attacks, and authorities often clean up areas where bombings or shootings have taken place very quickly after they occur (which is also [...]

A year after murder, Iraq press freedom threatened

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on September 5, 2012. It can be found in full here, and photographs illustrating the story can be found here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – One year after a prominent Iraqi journalist and government critic was killed, no one has been arrested for his murder and activists [...]